Smash-and-grab burglary reported at Main Street gallery
December 19, 2012
A smash-and-grab burglary was reported at a Main Street gallery last week, something that is extraordinarily unusual at a highly visible place on a street patrolled by the police at all hours.
The case was reported at Mountain Trails Gallery, on the 300 block of Main Street. The police received the report at 10:05 a.m. on Thursday. The burglary occurred in the overnight hours the night before, the police were told.
The Police Department said someone tossed what was described as a large rock through the window. The person then took a sculpture of an owl.
"It is very rare, very unusual," Phil Kirk, a police captain, said about the circumstances.
Kirk declined to discuss the investigation, including whether there is video surveillance of the incident. He said there have not been similar cases reported recently. Officers have been told to have heightened awareness for smash-and-grab burglaries, Kirk said.
"We’re really going to be more vigilant with our patrols on Main Street," Kirk said.
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The gallery said nothing else was taken. The sculpture was sitting on an inside window ledge, according to the gallery, which indicated there had not been a similar incident in the 12 years it has been at the location.
The police said the piece is valued at $2,500, but the gallery indicated the value is significantly more.
Alison Butz, the executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance, noted that the case is unusual.
"I wouldn’t even say it’s been annually . . . This is definitely an anomaly on the street," Butz said.